Incidents and disasters are unexpected – by definition. You aren’t going to get any warning of the need to execute your emergency response and incident management plans and you won’t have time to gather together the things you need to be able to execute the plans.
Therefore, it is important that you have prepared for this by having a “Grab Bag” of some sort that contains everything you are likely to need if disaster strikes. The plans themselves, current contact lists, hi viz vests, bottles of water, energy bars, etc. etc. The bag itself could be stored right by the front door, or in a neighbouring factory if that makes more sense. You decide based on your specific environment.
If you have a signing in book, your reception staff should be instructed to grab it as they leave.
A lot of the plans, contact lists etc can be held electronically and accessible from a smart phone if that helps, but they must be accessible. It’s no good having your business continuity plans held in nice binders on the shelf behind your desk in the office!
Do you have a grab bag?
What’s in yours, and where do you keep it?
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